China touts greener buildings to save energy
"Construction of energy-intensive buildings is a huge waste and has become an obstacle to national development. For China to act in compliance with energy efficiency is important to achieving its goal of creating a resource-saving society."
- Qiu Baoxing, deputy construction minister
Beijing, China - China is launching a multibillion-dollar effort to cut pollution and soaring coal and oil demand by raising energy efficiency in apartments and office buildings, a government minister said Thursday.
All new buildings in China will be required to cut energy consumption for heating, lighting and air conditioning by 50 percent, with that level raised to 65 percent in more prosperous cities, Qiu said.